General Motors issues recall over suspension, airbag problems

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was among 13,680 cars The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was among 13,680 cars General Motors recalled globally Jan. 31, 2013 in order to address problems with improperly tightened suspension bolts and faulty airbags. In the U.S. the recall also involved 2012 model year Buick Verano, andChevy Camaro, Cruze and Sonic cars. Photo Credit: General Motors

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DETROIT - General Motors Co isrecalling 13,680 cars globally to address potential problemswith improperly tightened suspension bolts and faulty airbags,
according to the company and documents filed with U.S. safetyregulators.

Neither issue has resulted in any accidents or injuries, GMsaid Jan. 31, 2013.

GM is recalling 8,519 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibusedans in the United States as one or more rear suspension boltsmay not have been tightened properly, which could lead to lossof vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash, accordingto documents filed with the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration.

GM is recalling another 1,060 of the cars in Canada, Mexicoand overseas, GM said.

Owners initially may notice noise and minor handling issues,but as the condition progresses sudden changes in vehiclehandling could occur, NHTSA said. The company has begun tonotify owners.

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GM also is recalling 3,896 2012 model year Buick Verano, andChevy Camaro, Cruze and Sonic cars in the United States toaddress potentially faulty airbags, NHTSA said. Another 205 carswere affected by the recall in Canada, GM said.

The driver side front airbag has a shorting bar that mayintermittently contact the airbag terminals, possibly causingthe airbags not to deploy and increasing the risk of injury,according to the NHTSA. The recall is expected to begin on Feb.13.

GM said it was an expansion of a recall from last fall.

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